Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement

During the second or third year of law school, students must undertake a Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) project. This experience of sustained and intensive work on a specific project is a core element of a student’s legal education. The content and format of the writing project may vary within a wide range. For example, a student may choose to examine a specific proposal for law reform, drawing on empirical research or materials from a field other than law. Alternatively, a student may choose to draw on his/her clinical experience to analyze a specific legal problem. Whatever the format, one of the central objectives of the project should assist students in developing superior writing skills. In accordance with the standard promulgated by the American Bar Association, the project must constitute a "rigorous writing experience." Students may satisfy the SAW requirement by completing a faculty supervised writing project undertaken for a minimum of two units that is certified by the supervising faculty member as satisfying the requirement of a rigorous writing experience. The writing project must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis. In general, the SAW requirement may be satisfied by a Law 340 or Law 341 independent research paper, a seminar paper, or a paper for other advanced courses. 

Below is a list of courses offered in 2018-19 where faculty have indicated the required papers might satisfy the SAW requirement. Please consult the individual faculty to verify that your work product in a given course will satisfy the requirement.

E. Encarnacion M. Yahav A. Zylberman

This course will provide an introduction to some of the central issues in the philosophy of law. We will specifically consider questions in analytical jurisprudence (the study of the nature of law)...

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S. Bank

Over the last two decades, the compensation of chief executive officers and other top executives has been one of the most controversial areas of law and corporate governance. Throughout the...

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S. Biegel

An examination of recent high profile, education-related disputes at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. Topics to be explored include campus safety and privacy, student freedom of expression,...

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T. Bryant

The field of animal law has grown tremendously in the past decade. There is substantial litigation and reform legislation designed to help animals we currently exploit for food, entertainment, and...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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M. Roberts

UCLA School of Law has established the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, which has emerged as a thought leader in this new field. The Resnick Program recognizes the important role of food law...

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J. Park

This seminar and workshop allows students to explore topics introduced in the basic corporate law and securities regulation classes in greater depth. It does so through a combination of course...

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M. Hankins S. Hecht

This course will provide an intensive look at California’s approaches to several areas of environmental and natural resources law. California’s environmental regulatory systems raise important...

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J. Michaels

This seminar examines the increasing powerful theory and practice of "running government like a business." We will consider local, state, and federal case studies in which government operates...

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K. Park

This seminar revisits the foundations of American Property law by examining its precepts and some seminal cases in the contexts of conquest and gentrification. More specifically, it explores the...

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A. Heinrich A. Iancu D. Lichtman K. Orso

This seminar is designed to allow students to delve deeply into current issues and controversies in patent law. The seminar is co-taught by two partners from the law firm of Irell & Manella who...

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G. Blasi S. Cummings I. Eagly J. Nanda V. Narro J. Schwartz R. Sears

This seminar is a required course for the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrollment is limited to Epstein Program students. Building on the First Year Epstein Program...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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M. Greenberg S. Munzer L. Sager S. Shiffrin

The Legal Theory Workshop brings leading scholars from around the world to discuss their works in progress with law students, graduate students in philosophy, and interested faculty. All the papers...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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T. Malloy

This seminar examines the theoretical underpinnings of several major types of regulation, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will explore the selection...

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C. Spillenger

The purposes of this seminar are several. First, it seeks to provide a deeper, more contextualized study for some of the cases and topics that students are likely to have encountered in...

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A. Bâli J. Peake

The subset of international law relating to the conduct of war – known as international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict – plays a prominent role in contemporary debates about law...

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S. Biegel E. Scallen E. Volokh

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality in a collaborative...

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H. Azar

This seminar will examine a series of contemporary and challenging national security legal and policy issues. We will explore the current threat domestic and international violent extremist groups...

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C. Hessler

This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when...

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B. Nyblade

This is a seminar focused on guiding students conducting original empirical legal research. It introduces the fundamentals of research design, statistics and data analysis in the first half of the...

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K. Eichensehr

This course examines the law governing the conduct of U.S. foreign relations. The Constitution sets out the basic framework for foreign relations law, but it leaves much unsaid and at least as much...

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A. Park L. Stemple

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the role...

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A. Solow-Niederman

In this highly participatory seminar, students will assess the complex relationship among disruptive technologies, law, and regulation, with an emphasis on the U.S. legal system. The course will draw...

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C. Horowitz N. Logar

Global climate change has emerged as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. This seminar will explore cutting-edge public policy, legal, and scientific challenges...

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R. Sander

To a growing degree, the sophisticated practice of law requires a familiarity with quantitative methods and an understanding of how judges apply these methods in hearing and deciding cases. This...

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I. Anabtawi

This seminar allows students to write a seminar paper on a topic of their choice, subject to instructor approval, in the field of mergers and acquisitions. The course consists of three parts,...

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J. Dienstag

This course will examine the important trends in European political and constitutional theory in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that is, the political theory that was current and...

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P. Arenella F. Olsen

This seminar will help prepare students to defend clients charged with crimes, especially in difficult or controversial cases. It explores how, why, and when injustices arise and develops tools to...

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M. Golden-Krasner A. Martinez

This course will cover the development, theories, and practice of environmental justice law, specifically analyzing the legal and policy tools used by advocates to advance environmental justice. The...

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J. Kohli V. Narro

“So what is our role as lawyers? How can we make transformative work—both in our profession and our communities—real? I do not know the answers to these difficult questions. I do not even know if...

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A. Wang

Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort...

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S. Falsafi R. Moran

The Supreme Court famously called education "the very foundation of good citizenship" and designated it "the most important function of state and local government." Today, Americans continue to...

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B. Emerson

This course will examine the nature of “the executive power” from legal, theoretical, and historical perspectives. The executive branch exercises vast legal authority, in the form of executive...

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C. Harris

This seminar will focus on race-conscious remedies designed to ameliorate race discrimination and inequality. Preliminary focus will be on the location of race-conscious remedies within the existing...

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F. Olsen

In recent decades, sex discrimination scholarship has moved beyond its initial focus on legal doctrine and constitutional arguments to develop a criticism of the legal system itself. This seminar...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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L. LoPucki

In an increasingly globalized world, corporate law is becoming international. Companies operate across borders, and lawyers are expected to understand foreign systems. This seminar provides both an...

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J. Horwitz

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive system (per capita) on earth, often not particularly effective at improving health, and terribly controversial. The members of this course will...

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S. Falsafi

In the United States and abroad, policy makers and educators are increasingly driven by the idea that high school graduates must emerge ready to conquer college and the rapidly changing...

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K. Crenshaw

This seminar will explore the manner in which the relationship between race, racism and the law has been represented in film. Grounded in the recognition that law has functioned not only to regulate...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will undertake a systematic study of the role of law in constructing, defining, and negotiating the Muslim “other” in the American legal system. Since the commencement of the war on...

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N. Netanel

This seminar canvasses a range of issues and views regarding how to structure innovation law and policy to spur greater technological innovation. Much debated issues in this area include whether...

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D. Cohen

This course will cover a wide spectrum of legal issues relating to modern news media, including constitutional law and the laws of defamation, privacy, newsgathering and intellectual property. Given...

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E. Parson

This course will examine the challenges posed to legal arrangements and institutions of government by certain societal trends – principally related to technological advance and environmental stress –...

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D. Simson

Issues of race and racial inequality have shaped American history and continue to be at the forefront of debates about justice, fairness, and equality. The legal system has developed particular...

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J. Salzman J. Zasloff

Water law presents a unique mix of federal and state regulatory regimes over a resource that is scarce yet ubiquitous and, of course, essential to life. In this course, we will consider different...

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A. Winkler

This seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms. We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the original meaning of the Second...

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L. Mead L. Taylor

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs. Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting...

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J. Schwartz

This three-credit January-Term seminar offers an overview of key doctrines (including municipal liability, qualified immunity, and supervisory liability), remedies (including damages and injunctive...

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J. Shapiro

Storytelling is not a metaphor for legal advocacy. It is legal advocacy itself. This course uses a single book and fictional stories about lawyers in film and television to understand what narrative...

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G. López

This Seminar will immerse students in “rebellious lawyering” – the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers and to the broad movement...

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